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Barred Parakeet

 (Bolborhynchus lineola)

Also known as: Lineolated Parakeet, Banded Parakeet, Catherine Parakeet

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Barred Parakeet
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Species Profile

Genus: Bolborhynchus | Species: lineola

Size:

16cm (6.2 in)

Weight:

42-52g (1.5-1.8 oz)

Races including nominate:

two: B.l. lineola, B.l. tigrinus

Colourization Adult:

B.l. lineola: Male-in general green in colour; black barring on upperparts except for crown; olive/green flanks and sides of breast with black/green barring; black bend of wing; blue/green underwing coverts and undersides of flight feathers; dark green tail, the centre feathers widely edged with black. Bill pale horn in colour tinged with pink. Eye dark brown. Female-narrower black barring on upperparts; very narrow black edging to centre tail feathers.
B.l. tigrinus: Both adults darker green, with stronger black barring.

Colourization Juvenile:

B.l. lineola: Paler and fainter barring than in female.

Call:

Calls are soft, but far carrying notes on an ascending scale; in chorus by flocking birds. Alarm call is series of slurred notes prior to taking flight. Also nasal chattering heard while feeding.

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More Information:

Lexicon of Parrots
AvianWeb

Content Sources:

Lexicon of Parrots
BirdLife International
CITES
ML Media Collection Catalogue 140575 Barred Parakeet (Bolborhynchus lineola), Harvey, Michael, Ucayali, Peru, Oct. 5, 2008, Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Site
Parrots: A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998
Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006. 2010 issue
Parrots in Aviculture, Low, 1992.
Parrots: Their Care and Breeding, Low, 1986.

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Barred Parakeet
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Related publications: Bolborhynchus lineola

Species Care

Captive Status:

Quite common in parts of Europe, less so elsewhere.

Longevity:

15+ yrs

Housing:

Enclosure or aviary, indoors or outdoors (in warm climate), minimum length 1.2m (4 ft).

Diet:

Small seed mix such as: canary, millet and smaller amounts of oats, buckwheat, safflower and a little hemp; limited sunflower seed; spray millet; green leaves such as: Swiss chard, lettuce, sowthistle, dandelion, chickweed; seeding grasses; rearing food made from hard boiled egg, wholegrain bread, low-fat cheese and carrot, all ground to crumbly consistency; nectar as treat; complete pellet.

Enrichment:

Likes to climb so provide numerous perches, swings, ropes and ladders; puzzle/foraging toys, some chewable toys such as heat-sterilized pine cones, wooden and vegetable tanned leather toys. Also provide shallow water bowls for bathing.

Nest Box Size:

Diagonal nest box 10" x 6" x 6" ( 25.4cm x 15cm x 15cm) or vertical box 7" x 7" x 12" (17.8cm x 17.8cm x 30.5cm).

Clutch Size:

3-6

Incubation Time:

18 days

Fledging Age:

5 weeks

Hatch Weight:

Not available

Peak Weight:

Not available

Weaning Weight:

Not available

Specialist Club:

Linnie Society

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Barred Parakeet
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Related publications: Bolborhynchus lineola

Species Wild Status

World Population:

50,000 - 500,000

IUCN Red List Status:

Least Concern

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

Low risk at present.

Range:

B.l. lineola: S Mexico south to W Panama.
B.l. tigrinus: NW Venezuela and Colombia south to C Peru.

Habitat:

Found from 1500-3000m (4920-9840 ft) in montane forests in subtropical zone, humid evergreen forest, pine forest, dry open woodland, clearings and pastures with tall trees.

Wild Diet:

Eats catkins, bamboo seeds and plant material/fruit from Myrtis, Heliocarpus and Miconia sp.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Sometimes forages in cultivated areas for maize. Social; forms large communal roosts in tops of tall trees. Seen in smaller groups or pairs during dry season.

Clutch and Egg Size:

4-5 eggs

Breeding Season:

December, Panama; July-August, Colombia.

Related Links:

Article "Lineolated Parakeet"
Cornell Neotropical Unit

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